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The Mupane Gold Mine (Mupane) is located 30 km southeast of Francistown, close to the border between
Botswana and Zimbabwe (Figure 1). The mine is operated by Mupane Gold Mining (Pty) Ltd (MGM), a
subsidiary of Toronto-based IAMGOLD Corporation. Although the site was only opened in February 2005
and operations are expected to continue for another seven years, considerable work has already gone into
planning for the site’s closure. This has occurred because MGM recognises that mine closure not only needs
to involve rehabilitation, but increasingly needs to address ongoing environmental and socio-economic
issues. This paper describes the key issues associated with sustainable mine closure planning at Mupane.
Figure 1 Location map
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